21 episodes

The Agora is a podcast created by the team behind MacroPolis. It’s a political and economic analysis website based in Athens.
In this podcast series, we examine political, economic and social developments in Greece. But our podcasts will also look at what’s happening in the world around us.
We provide listeners with insight from our own experts and analysis from special guests.
If you enjoy intelligent, lively discussion and want the bigger picture, join us for a stroll through the Agora.
To get an idea of the kind of insight we provide, check out The Agora blog, which has being going strong since 2013.
Our theme music is a track called Straight Line Blues and has been kindly provided by the Burgundy Grapes.

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The Agora is a podcast created by the team behind MacroPolis. It’s a political and economic analysis website based in Athens.
In this podcast series, we examine political, economic and social developments in Greece. But our podcasts will also look at what’s happening in the world around us.
We provide listeners with insight from our own experts and analysis from special guests.
If you enjoy intelligent, lively discussion and want the bigger picture, join us for a stroll through the Agora.
To get an idea of the kind of insight we provide, check out The Agora blog, which has being going strong since 2013.
Our theme music is a track called Straight Line Blues and has been kindly provided by the Burgundy Grapes.

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    Greece's year of trying to shake off Covid-19

    Greece's year of trying to shake off Covid-19

    Greece has been grappling with the coronavirus for just over a year, sometimes with success but other times less convincingly.
    As Greece went past 10,000 Covid-related deaths and prepares to reach 3 million vaccinations this week, The Agora looks back at what's gone right and wrong since Covid-19 first emerged.
    Nick Malkoutzis speaks to MacroPolis co-founder Yiannis Mouzakis and features editor Georgia Nakou about the policies adopted since last year to combat the pandemic, but also why Greece is coming out of lockdown now and how the vaccination scheme is going.
    Phoebe Fronista spends time with health correspondent Maria-Niki Georganta to discuss what stood out from Greece's experience with the virus.
    Phoebe also speaks to Dr Mata Tsikrika, the first woman to be elected president of Greece's pulmonologists, who works at a Covid hospital in Athens. They talk about what life has been like for Greek frontline workers since last year and the excruciating decisions faced by doctors and nurses.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The heavy arm of the law: Police brutality in Greece

    The heavy arm of the law: Police brutality in Greece

    The behaviour of the Greek police has come under scrutiny, again, following a number of incidents over which officers have been accused of using unnecessary and excessive force.
    In this episode, we take a look at why police tactics have triggered public protests, what ails the force and how it can be fixed.
    MacroPolis features editor Georgia Nakou speaks to co-host Phoebe Fronista about recent events and what kind of political reactions they have stirred.
    Photojournalists Louisa Gouliamaki and Nikos Palaiologos describe their experiences with the police at street level while covering demonstrations.
    Finally, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a professor of Public Law at Oxford University who has also dabbled in Greek politics, explains why he thinks the police's problems mirror those in other parts of the public administration and how some, but not others, are being addressed by the government.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Long live the revolution: The legacy of Greece's 1821 war of independence

    Long live the revolution: The legacy of Greece's 1821 war of independence

    Greece is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its war of independence, which began in 1821 and allowed Greeks to free themselves of Ottoman rule and oppression, and form their own nation-state.
    To mark this occasion, we spoke to Sakis Gekas, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) Chair of Modern Greek History at York University in Canada. He told The Agora about where the Greek revolution stands in an international context as well as some of the broader themes to emerge from the momentous events two centuries ago.
    We have avoided going into historical detail because this is well served by various documentaries, online events and other podcasts that are currently available. One of those is "The idea of Greece", a seven-part podcast produced by the HHF's History Committee and in which Professor Gekas was involved.
    For the second half of this episode, we try to move the conversation forward by talking to Kathimerini columnist Nikos Konstandaras about the Greek revolution's legacy, where Greece stands today and what its future might hold.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Days of wine and roses ahead for Greek economy?

    Days of wine and roses ahead for Greek economy?

    On this episode of The Agora, we check in with the Greek economy again to see how it is performing under the pressure of the coronavirus.
    MacroPolis co-founder Yiannis Mouzakis and the site's economics editor Marcus Bensasson explain what the latest GDP figures mean, what sectors of the economy are suffering and how important the upcoming tourism season will be.
    We also take a closer look at a Greek export that is thriving despite the pandemic - wine. Co-host Phoebe Fronista sat down with Markus Stolz, a German based in Athens who has been making a success of exporting local products to the USA.
    Markus describes what prompted him to leave the world of finance and focus his efforts on making Greek grape varieties popular abroad. He also explains why Covid-19 has not put the brakes on his business.

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    • 39 min
    Greece's #MeToo moment: A time for catharsis?

    Greece's #MeToo moment: A time for catharsis?

    Greece is in the grip of a steady stream of claims about sexual harassment, assault and abuse allegedly carried out by men in positions of power.
    In this episode of The Agora podcast, hosts Nick Malkoutzis and Phoebe Fronista speak to a range of women about this developing story.
    New York Times correspondent Niki Kitsantonis explains how the #MeToo developments began and why they are becoming more complex, and political, as time goes on.
    Also, actress Amalia Kavali - from hit Greek TV show Agries Melisses - and dancer Katerina Foti, members of a new initiative called Women in Arts (WOM.A) whose goal is to combat gender discrimination, explain what #MeToo means for them and women in their field.
    Finally, Dr Elli Siapkidou, an expert on gender issues, discusses what obstacles Greek women face, what advances have been made and what more needs to be done.

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    • 54 min
    What does Brexit mean for the UK-Greece relationship?

    What does Brexit mean for the UK-Greece relationship?

    For the last episode of The Agora podcast in 2020, we examine how Brexit may affect Greece's relationship with the UK.
    Naturally, we look at what the UK's departure from the EU means for trade and bilateral relations, but we also delve into the impact on studying and living in the UK.
    Hosts Nick Malkoutzis and Phoebe Fronista spoke to Nikos Skoutaris, an associate professor in EU law at the University of East Anglia, about all these issues, as well as his Christmas turkey.
    Our second guest, writer Alex Kemp discusses how he left London to discover Greece, its customs, culture and people - all of which he's captured in his book "Here is Greece."

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

KiyaBabzani ,

Very well done Greek podcast.

Very well produced and well thought out podcast, I really appreciate that this is done fully in English for those living in Athens aren’t well-versed in the local language.

JohnNordin ,

Helpful and Rare

Insighful and interesting take on contemporary Greek issues. Hard to find anything on Greece that rises above shallow tourist commercialism, but this is it.

Jean Popoulos ,

Class

Fills a need I’ve had for some time: a high quality, English-based, analytical, objective, and intellectual source of content in Greek political, social, and economic issues. Even more relevant now given the times. Thank you Macropolis!

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